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Happy New School Year to all the Gophers and everyone who started college classes today! Major FOMO over here, so major I can’t even, but the fact that I don’t have any more homework to do definitely helps 😉

Today I partnered up with Folica to share a few of my favorite college hairstyles and hair care tips.  There are two essential tools that I think ever girl needs in college: a straightener and a curling iron. I don’t know what I would’ve done without the two! Thanks to Folica I got to try two new styling tools: Solia Superhot Professional Titanium Flat Iron and 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand by Hot Tools.

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Other than wearing my hair down and the go-to bun, today I am going to share a few looks that have been a favorite for a while.




1. Tucked away. And not behind the ear 😛

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2. Trucker hat. Because sometimes you have to put a hat on it!

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3. Side cornrows. These are also a golden opportunity for creating glitter roots! Stay tuned for more on that soon!  Back to school hair styles with

4. High pony or half pony. The 90’s are back not only in fashion, but in beauty as well! My mom used to call this high pony a palm tree. So there you have it – a palm tree with you wherever you go, even though the summer is almost over!  Back to school hair styles with

When it comes to hair care, I follow two simple rules: choose what’s best for your hair and switch between brands often. That’s why I went with Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner set. When you have fine, color treated hair like mine, these two product lines make the most sense.

I hope you find what’s good for your hair, style it like never before, and have an amazing school year!

PS. Folica is a great resource not just for purchasing tools and hair care products, but hair inspirations, glam guide and latest news from the beauty world!

PPS. I also have a fun announcement! Next Monday Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly are starting a hot new trendy link up for all you style, fashion and beauty bloggers out there! Stay tuned for more info! Psssst – there will be a giveaway too!

Beauty Brunch: Camille Albane Salon in Maple Grove

My last hair cut wasn’t the bomb. I had a really hard time with it. It looked good when my hair was curled, but when it was straight you could see it wasn’t blended enough and my top layer stuck over my bottom one a good 2 inches. And you know it’s not a good hair cut when you come to work and your co-teacher tells you that it looks weird. I do appreciate the honesty though.

So when an opportunity came up to visit the new Camille Albane Paris Salon in Maple Grove, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Last Wednesday after a long and tiring day at work, I drove up 169 all the way to Maple Grove to this brand new salon. The calming white interior, Coldplay through the speakers and incredible staff helped me relax and forget about my troubles almost instantly.
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Black capes are non-existent at Camille Albane Paris. You wear a white robe instead, which creates the atmosphere of a spa, and not a salon.

Tammy, the manager, and my stylist for the night was attentive and addressed all my concerns, answered all questions and was so much fun to talk to. She even saved my pink extension I got at Glamorama 😉

In addition to the haircut I also got a balayage. It was a little different for me, because Tammy didn’t wrap my hair in Saran Wrap, like they usually do at Aveda. The formula that they use doesn’t dry out as fast, so that wasn’t necessary.

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Camille Albane Paris was founded in France, where they have the laboratories and create all of the products. The other salon in the United States is located in Boston.

Camille Albane is a breath of fresh air among the existing salons in the Twin Cities area. It’s new, different, and adds to the edge that we’ve been missing here in the Midwest.

And this Wednesday, August, 13 the salon has it’s official opening. I would love to see you there! So if you are planning on coming make sure to send your RSVP to Hope to see you there.
The salon is located at 7808 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN 55369 between Panera and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Phone # 763-316-6957

{27 Dresses} Dress 3: Top Knot

Have you ever wondered what your hair would look like after you’ve been wearing it in the top knot for the whole day? Today you’ll find out!


Here is a dress I’ve had since my NYC days, so circa 2009. I got it at the famous Housing Works on the UWS! I absolutely loved that store, for some reason there was always something there for me! So if you can – go check it out! It’s on Columbus and W 74th St!

And if you ever wondered what a top knot does to your hair… Well, here is the answer!



Happy Hump Day!
The weekend is almost here!

New Hair, I do Care!

Saturday I had my first experience getting my hair done at the Aveda school. It’s located in North East Minneapolis, right behind St. Anthony Main. And they have not one, but TWO parking lots!

I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. Back when I lived in New York, the woman I worked for used to get her hair done at Aveda school, it was super cheap, but took forever.

It’s also been forever since my last hair cut in September:

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So 9 am there I was at the Aveda school. Here is how it all works:

You call a number and make an appointment.

On the day when you are supposed to go you show up there wait in line.

You will also sign a waiver saying you realize that your hair is going to be treated by students. 

If you’ve signed up for any sort of color services, they do a skin test behind your ear.

Then you simply sit there and wait for your name to be called.

I loved my long hair though, and definitely didn’t want to lose more than 1 inch! I was also getting highlights. Sam has been asking me to go blond for a long time now. And I finally gave in.

So when I came home looking like this:



… he said I wasn’t his wife 🙂

So what are the pros and cons of getting your hair done by a student?


1. The price: It’s cheap, I only paid $46 for the cut, a blowout and partial foils.

2. They are very attentive. I loved the lady who did my hair, she was an older woman from Vietnam, and told me stories from when she just moved to the States in the 80’s. Plus I got a back rub and a hand massage!


1. It takes forever, there is some paperwork they need to fill out, and show the teachers. I was in the chair for 4 hours, during which about an hour was just sitting around, and my husband kept wondering why it was taking so long!

2. You never know who you are going to get. There are a lot of students, and it’s a cat in the bag for them and for you.

3. They are kind of pushy when it comes to Aveda products. I’ve used Aveda before and it’s really not all that natural as they make it sound. Just make sure to say no, when you need to!

In the end, I was happy with my cut and color. One of the teachers came and fixed my hair, because apparently it was longer on one side, but overall I had a pretty enjoyable experience and will definitely consider going back there!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It sure snowed here a lot!


Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin Review

Goody is probably the go-to brand for me when it comes to bobby pins and hair ties (hair elastics, hair binders, whatever you want to call them 🙂 ) So when I received the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, I got really excited, because I hate it when there is a million bobby pins jabbing my scalp!

I have mentioned these pins before in a post dedicated to my Mad Men party outfit. But today it’s all about Goody!

Here is some info about the brand before we dive in: The Goody brand is the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and Quik Style Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools.

Price range: $7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade (I actually think it’s more expensive at CVS than Walmart, and prices do vary zip code to zip code!)

The instructions are as follows:

So here we go! Here is what my hair looks like:


It’s rather fine, but should be long enough for a spin pin, right?



You can definitely see one of the pins sticking out, which is so not cool!

Then I tried to do two buns, and well that was a pretty bad idea:


This product makes me think that I don’t have enough hair, it’s a serious hit on my self-esteem! Not cool Goody, not cool! Plus the above picture definitely shows that I need to use bobby pins to control the fly away!

I do appreciate Influenster and it’s complimentary services. There are definitely hits and misses in every box. So no hard feelings!

Have an awesome day everyone!


Mad Men Style

Hubs and I went to a party on Saturday night, and the theme was Mad Men. I was so so excited to dress 60’s style, well you know how I am! I’m always looking for an excuse to look fancy, especially because I am stuck wearing a uniform of sorts for 5 days a week! A couple weeks ago I posted pics from my thrifting trip to Goodwill in Roseville, and that’s when the finds came in handy! And yes, I was specifically looking for something to wear to that party, and even though I’ve already spilled the beans in that post, here is how it all looked on me 🙂



And of course a picture of me in my favorite coat (SPOILER: I scored some awesome coats thrifting yesterday with Megan of Mr.C & Me and Lauren of Our Crazy Ever After – don’t forget to check out their blogs!)

So here is what the entire outfit came down to:

My cardigan (originally HWR) – $2.50

My dress (J.Crew) – $3.50

My necklace and earrings were a gift, I also brought my vintage Etra clutch ($3.99 at Salvation Army, but I got it over a year ago, sorry you can’t really see it in the pictures very well :/)

My coat is that Bitten brand by SJParker (around $30), that ceased to exist back in 2008 when Steve & Barry’s went out of business, and the shoes are from TJ Maxx ($20), I think these last two items were the most expensive ones, but keep in mind the fact that I’ve had this coat for 4 years, and shoes for 2!

And the scarf came from Goodwil Outlet, so I am pretty sure it cost under $1!

So there you have it, my $57 outfit!

I also wanted to give a shout out and mention Influenster one more time, I was able to pin my hair up with the Goody Spin Pins I got in my Blogger Vox Box. It was super fast and easy, and I will definitely use the spin pins again!

What did you wear this weekend?

Happy Monday everyone,


Being Zhenya Updates. AGAIN

I know, you are all probably tired of my updates, but so many things have been going on in my life, that I can’t help, but share 🙂

After my very unfortunate incident with a manager from Sanctuary Salon Spa in Minneapolis, I was thrown into the pool of “I have to find a new hairstylist” people. See, I am not really a person who jumps from chair to chair. I like to find a good stylist and stick to them. Fortunately for me one of my friends recommended Ray, and needless to say – he was amazing! He works at Studio 54 which is right on Nicolette and 54th street! So if you are looking for a good stylist – definitely check him out!

Here is what my hair looks like now:

About a week and a half ago we went to Kielbasa Festival at Kramarczuk’s in North East Minneapolis. It’s right across the river next to St. Anthony Main.


I really wanted to see Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapels. We did get to see the show, but unfortunately they ran out of the signature beer mugs. Hopefully I’ll be able to score one in a local thrift store or something 🙂


And an awesome picture of us with a Matryoshka doll:





As some of you already know, I quit my Macy’s job, I don’t work at Clinique anymore. I am now a toddler teacher at the New Horizon Academy. I survived my first week at my new job, and to be honest this week is kind of easier, at least Monday went pretty well, and that’s like 50% of the week, right? 🙂

We also said good-bye to our MINI, a car that was in Sam’s family for the past 10 years. We traded it in for a Toyota Yaris, which is an automatic, while the MINI was a manual, and I can actually drive the new car! In fact, I am now the main driver in the family 🙂 How exciting!


As one of my girlfriends referred to it – it’s a lipstick color car 🙂



I have also discovered a new hang out spot for my lunch breaks – DUNN Brother’s on the corner of 2nd and 3rd, near the Stone Arch Bridge. So if you want to stop by and say hi – I am usually there around 1.30 pm, reading my book 🙂

The sunsets have been gorgeous lately, I wish I could post a hundred pictures of each one, but we’ll keep it simple:


I know I haven’t blogged a whole lot lately, new job, transitioning from retail back to childcare and all that, but I am hoping to jump back on the regular blogging train, so that I can entertain you with more and more exciting stories and DIYs from Minneapolis.

Lots of love,



The Wedding Weekend and my OOTD

Last Saturday my friend Sarah married her best friend Ryan, a guy she’s known for about 7 years. It’s been a long journey for them, but I remember back in 2006 when I first met Sarah at Decision Hills UMC, she made it clear to all of us at staff training who Ryan was and that she called dibs on him 😉

I was more than honored to be there to share her special day! She looked gorgeous. And I am sure she won’t mind me sharing some of the pictures with you guys, because I know you all are dying to see the wedding dress and maybe, probably, hopefully (?) what I wore to the wedding as well 🙂

Since the wedding was taking place in Willmar, about 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, Sam and I left around 1.30 pm to be there for the 4 pm ceremony. Now my husband has a thing for driving, he isn’t really fond of it, but we took route 12, which went through all these cute little towns, and that kept him entertained 😉

This is the church where the ceremony took place.

Having been to Willmar plenty of times before, I have to admit that I’ve never been to the UMC there (oops, my bad)

At least I got it taken care of now 🙂 Here is the inside of the church:

Some shots from the ceremony during which the pastor mistakingly referred to Ryan as God 🙂 That was a joke for the rest of the night, and I am sure will run in the family for many years!

And Ta-Da – they are married:

There is nothing better than sharing the joy of a newly married couple, I tell you! Here is Sam and I outside the church:

And here is just me:

So here is what I wore: Via Spiga shoes, the most comfortable heels ever! Necessary Objects Dress, that was a gift from Mia, I used to baby sit for her! The little black bolero is some unknown brand and came from a swap in NYC. I also have an Etra clutch, pearl necklace, and faux pearl earrings. And imagine that – I did my own hair! How awesome is that? I really didn’t think I could do it! If you are wondering what the dress looks like without the bolero – here is a pic:

Make up wise, here is a close up I posted on Instagram on the way to Willmar:

I used Physician’s Formula tinted moisturizer SPF 15, Lorac Social Beautifly palette eyeshadow, Maybelline gel liner, Clinique mascara, Mac highlighter, Sally Hansen cream blush, a little of the Revlon Photo Ready pressed powder, and Clinique chubby stick on my lips!

After the ceremony we went to the reception, and what kind of roadtrip is it without getting lost? Google maps totally googled us over 🙂 But we found Holiday Inn, after pulling a U-turn somewhere on the outskirts of Willmar!

Look at the adorable favors:

And here is the couples first dance:

Me, bride, and the made of honor, the two are sisters, if you can’t tell 😉

I also realized what a city girl I am 🙂 Sorry small towns, you are simply not for me!

Hope you had a fun weekend! A refashion post is coming up tomorrow!




Shampoo of the Month: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine

There is a story behind this shampoo. I won it in an on-line magazine giveaway. Right around Christmas. I honestly would’ve never bought it for myself. I’ve been kind of an organic shampoo freak for the past few years. But I didn’t want the product to go to waste, so I started using it. And I loved it! I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but it works better than some of the organic ones that I’ve tried. Here is what the packaging looks like:

And the back

I do have frizzy hair, and it is dry on the ends, so this shampoo/conditioner combo works well for my fine hair. It adds shine to it. Doesn’t make it look greasy. The only thing is – Why do all Fructis products smell the same? – I mean I can get over it, it’s their signature smell and all, but still…

So here is what my hair looks like today, after morning shower, and then running around all day :

I usually put some Organix morocan argan oil in my hair as well, and all of these products seem to be working super well together! I still use my Aveda treatment, the gloss by Fekkai, and whatever is left over from that 3 minute miracle by Aussie.

I also want to encourage you to participate in giveaways and sign up for samples, because it’s good to try out new things!

What hair care products are you currently using?



PS. Oh and I hate the little dark green tops, the one on the conditioner is hard to open, and it always gets stuck under my nail 🙁 OUCH

My Strong Light Hold – Aveda Hairspray!

Today’s post is going to be a review on my new favorite hairspray. To be honest I was skeptical at first when i bought it. Plus it cost $16 which for hairspray is kind of a lot of money. I’m sure most of you have already realized that I’m talking about my Aveda hairspray with witch hazel.

It’s a light hold hairspray with a slight scent of witch hazel, which doesn’t bug me at all, as opposed to regular Witch Hazel that I bought from CVS and use as a toner every once in a while. Aveda also sells medium and stronghold versions of hairspray, but the way the light hold spray holds my hair in place is so amazing I can’t imagine what the other two can do! I use it mostly for work when I need to take care of my bangs as they tend to get into my eyes, trust me, even the bobby pin can’t cope with the task. And who likes hair in their face? Another pleasant surprise was the fact that this hairspray was able to hold a messy bun in place for the entire day, a hair tie and hair spray, no bobby pins required.  I was never able to achieve the exact same result was drugstore hairsprays.

This spray is also liquid. Which makes it different from everything that I’ve used before. But the directions on it are completely the same – you basically hold it away from your face about 10 to 12 inches and spray! How easy is that? I’ve had it for about a month and a half now, and I’ve been using it almost every day.

And it looks like it will last me for a good few months as opposed to other hair sprays that only last me about two months, and I didn’t use those every day. I honestly wish that this product was a little cheaper, not everyone is willing to pay $16 for a hairspray. But if it’s going to last me a long time then I’m willing to do it again and again. I’m convinced I found my perfect hairspray!

I hope this review was helpful and I would love to hear about your favorite hairspray products, so please leave me comments below on which ones you like and which ones you hate. Have a good Saturday everybody!